CARICOM IMPACS CAPACITY BUILDING
The Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI) is one pillar of a U.S. security strategy focused on citizen safety throughout the Caribbean. CBSI brings members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Dominican Republic together to collaborate on regional security with the United States as a partner. The United States is making a significant contribution to CBSI, committing $437 million in funding since 2010 bilaterally with Caribbean Countries and also regionally.Learn More
Training & Program Timeline
CAPACITY BUILDING HIGHLIGHTS 2018 - 2022
In 2020, CARICOM IMPACS partnered with INTERPOL-IIPCIC to enable Member States to gain access to the International IP Crime Investigators College to complete an Introductory Curriculum on IP crime to give participants a greater understanding of IP crime, identify typical IP crime cases and initiate actions to investigate counterfeiting and piracy. A second course on Understanding and Addressing the Illicit trade of medical products was also made available to participants. A total of four hundred and twenty (420) officers from Customs and Police departments in 14 Member States were granted access to the college.
In 2021, CARICOM IMPACS procured the services of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus to deliver a certified course on Online Course Design and Delivery with a train-the-trainer component to thirty-eight (38) officers from police training institutions, customs, and immigration across the Region. The course serves to enhance regional capacity to promote and support cooperation amongst the Police and other Law Enforcement Training Academies in an effort to increase capacities to develop and deliver training content on CBSI-Connect Learning Management System.
In 2022, CARICOM IMPACS procured the services of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTECH) to deliver a certified course Advanced Training Online Course Design and Delivery, to twelve (12) officers from police training institutions across the Region. The course serves to enhance regional capacity to promote and support cooperation amongst the Police and other Law Enforcement Training Academies in an effort to increase capacities to develop and deliver training content on CBSI-Connect Learning Management System.
Travel Cost Savings 2018 - 2023
The Move To Remote Learning
CARICOM IMPACS commenced its virtual learning journey in November 2018 on the CBSI-Connect Learning Management Platform with the launch of training for Border Security Officers across the Region. The Pandemic augmented our efforts to extend our reach through virtual learning in 2020and 2021. Our capacity to innovate is most important at this time since virtual learning has taken center stage, the new virtual classrooms is in high demand.
Collaboration with regional and international partners to offer training courses across the Region has become even more critical as we learn from and share lessons in responding to COVID-19 and other security-related issues.
Within this context, the transference of the management of the CBSI-Connect Virtual Learning Management System from Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) to CARICOM IMPACS, which began in 2020, enhances IMPACS’s capacity to continue to train and engage security personnel in Member States. Moreover, regional ownership of the platform will also further Governments’ ability to train more personnel in a more cost-effective manner, while at the same time enhancing CARICOM’s Human Resource Development.
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Departments and Partners
- Customs and Excise
- Department of Immigration
- Prisons and Correctional Services
- Financial Investigation Units
- National Intelligence Units
- Office of the Attorney General
- Director of Public prosecutions
- Tax Offices
- Compliance Offices
- Regional Security System
- Drug Control Offices
- Policy Persons in the Ministry of National Security
- Policy Persons in the Ministry of Justice
- Policy Persons in the Ministry of Finance
- European Union (EU)
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) – AIRCOP Programme
- United Nationals Office on Drugs and Crime Global Programme Against Money Laundering (UNODC-GPML)
- United Nationals Office on Drugs and Crime Global Firearms Programme (UNODC-GFP)
- Organisation of American States (OAS)
- International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Platform on Disaster Development (PDD)
- the International Criminal Police Organisation (INTERPOL)
- Council of Europe (COE)
- World Customs Organisation (WCO)
- Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)
- German Development Programme (GIZ)
- National Center for State Courts (NCSC)
- Commonwealth Secretariat
- Trinidad and Tobago Prison Services (TTPS)
- International Narcotics Control Board (INCB)